A peek into our life-saving TB contact tracing for World TB Day 2022

Today is World TB Day, and for 2022 this year’s theme is ‘Invest to End TB. Save Lives’. World TB day is always important for us here at Maluk Timor. TB or Tuberculosis, a disease all but eradicated from the developed world, is still a major health challenge in Timor-Leste. An ongoing tragedy on Australia’s […]

Motivated by gratitude to our neighbours and family – The Ribot’ legacy for Timor

Behind every Maluk Timor programme are some amazing supporters. Mike and Kate Ribot are one example. Motivated by a commitment to the Timorese people and empathy for tuberculosis sufferers, their family has generously donated a training scholarship that has enabled Maluk Timor to hire a Timorese doctor, Dra Josefina, to our Tuberculosis (TB) team for […]

Our wonderful leader – Rofina – fights against TB

Let me introduce you to Rofina dos Santos, a formidable force within Tuberculosis (TB) in Timor-Leste, and the person we are fortunate enough to call Maluk Timor’s TB Program Team Leader. Rofina has been working in TB for a whopping 12 years, and considering she is still young herself, that is a large percentage of […]

Our TB programme & how you can help

Tuberculosis (TB) is a huge problem in Timor-Leste. Second to North Korea, it has the second highest TB rates per population in South-East Asia, and the seventh highest in the world. People die every day of this curable infectious disease. Families suffer prolonged sickness from TB, meaning they can’t work and earn money to feed […]

Volunteer Dr Lauren’s in country story

Dr Lauren Chalmers, Maluk Timor TB Program Mentor, Dili, East Timor As I was in a doctors’ mess back in 2012, someone told me that the LSTM Diploma of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene was the best 3 months of their life. I pondered how this could be. It only took a few days in Liverpool in 2013 […]

Stories from the frontline

Here are two short stories, inspired by our clients and told by our local team members. The first one is about our rheumatic heart disease (RHD) program, from a local team member in a place called Aleiu: We had a boy in the village who was very sick. But his parents were doing the traditional […]

A young family saved from TB

“A 23 year old female was admitted to Klibur Domin with infectious TB, she had been started on treatment a month previously. She had 2 young children, 5 months and 2 years, at home. Young children are at high risk of developing TB, and if they are a contact of a patient with TB they […]

The Reality of TB in TL

This is what we don’t see – the daily battles of the people of Timor-Leste with Tuberculosis, and the risk of relapse haunting them everyday.

Voluntary Board member Dr Josh presenting – BE INSPIRED

Dr Josh presenting at DFTB conference………….. Don’t Forget The Bubbles was conceived as a way of sharing our collective knowledge. What started out as four enthusiastic players (Tessa, Ben, Henry and Andy) has grown so much bigger. With over 70 authors and more than 600 blog posts many people might wonder just where to start. […]